A quiet summer night...a neat suburban house...and another innocent, happy family is shattered - the latest victims of a grisly series of hideous sacrificial killings that no one understands, and no one can stop. Nobody lives to tell of the unimaginable carnage. Only the blood-stained walls bear witness.
All hope rests on Special Agent Will Graham, who must peer inside the killer's tortured soul to understand his rage, to anticipate and prevent his next vicious crime. Desperate for help, Graham finds himself locked in a deadly alliance with the brilliant Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the infamous mass murderer who Graham put in prison years ago.
As the imprisoned Lecter tightens the reins of revenge, Graham's feverish pursuit of the Red Dragon draws him inside the warped mind of a psychopath, into an unforgettable world of demonic ritual and violence, beyond the limits of human terror.
A native of Mississippi, Thomas Harris began his writing career covering crime in the United States and Mexico, and was a reporter and editor for the Associated Press in New York City. His first novel, Black Sunday, was published in 1975; followed by Red Dragon, in 1981; The Silence of the Lambs, in 1988; Hannibal, in 1999; and Hannibal Rising, in 2006. All the Hannibal Lecter books have been made into films, most notably starring Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster. Sky has also produced a television series based on the notorious mass murderer, starring Mads Mikkelsen, Laurence Fishburne, and Hugh Dancy.
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"Best of Harris"
Loved this reading having previously listened to other titles narrated by Harris himself. Was slightly jarring at first but thoroughly enjoyed it once I warmed to the narrator.
"The writing is superb."
A classic anyway you look at it no gimmicks just story and literate in a way most crime books are not. Blakes images are used like to create almost a subtext, like when the dragon takes the blind woman to touch the tiger burning bright, in the forest of her night; What immortal hand or eye, Could frame thy fearful symmetry? placing himself as the maker of that scene, it is such a daring move by the character and the writer it plays in my mind.
If you have not read it you are missing on a great pleasure, if you have a second reading will give you a new perspective on how well time has treated this book, because of its brilliant use of language and characterisation.
Yes, you can't beat a good story and I rate this as a classic of the genre
Will Graham, obviously
The interactions with Hannibal Lector
Not as such,
"As good, if not better than the movie"
Yes. The book gets right into the story.. ... very little padding.
I think the under current ruining through the book that Hannibal Lecter is part of this story.
I'm not usually keen on American narrators, but he is as good as they get.
Hannibal..... what a perfect creation... he scares all of us, methinks.
Probably a good story but poorly told. Found it a chore to finish. Sent me to sleep.
"Dark is the Soul of Man... And Darker Still His Deeds"
I saw the film and it was reasonably true to the book. But this reading made me hold me breath so many times.
Masterfully Written and Brilliant Narration!
I'm finding this book rather tedious. The plot seems rather flat to me, as if the story has been padded out. The narrator's gravelly voice doesn't help.
"Slick thriller, all killer no filler."
Having watched both film adaptations and the TV series Hannibal, I subsequently enjoyed this both as a Hannibal Lecter origin story and as a Will Graham story. Plus fantastic writing and a far deeper interaction with the Tooth Fairy/Red Dragon made the listening immensely enjoyable.
I've gone straight into Harris' 'The Silence of the Lambs' hopefully that book will compare to it.
Alan Sklar's narration suited the tone of the book perfectly. The popular answer to this question will undoubtedly be Lecter, however I liked his version of Will Graham more.
I felt sorry for Francis Dolarhyde, considering he's the villan that is quiet an achievement. I empathised with most of the characters and felt the story was suspenseful.
Well worth your time.😀
"Not bad but not the best."
I liked this book but I prefer audiobooks with a cast. As far as the Hannibal Lecter books go it's not a bad one but not the best.
"Better than expected!"
Having watched the first two seasons of Hannibal I decided to read Red Dragon before I watched the third. I was surprised at how good it was. The narration does take some getting used too, my biggest issue is the lack of differences between the characters voices, which did get confusing at times however, that should not put you off. It's a thrilling story that gives a fascinating insight into a serial killers mind.
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